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30+ Uncommon Uses for Your Slow Cooker

Make candles, crafts, and even more unique items in your slow cooker!

By: Marah Altenberg, Editor,
25 Uncommon Uses for Your Slow Cooker

While you can't go wrong with using your slow cooker to make chili and sauce, there are plenty of other ways to use this trusted kitchen gear! From candy to crafts and everything in between, there are plenty of uncommon slow cooker uses that are just too good to miss. Famed for its consistent temperature and easy-to-use features, the slow cooker is an almost foolproof way to make breads, cakes, and so many other items that extend beyond classic recipes like pot roast and chicken soup. With this collection of 30+ Uncommon Uses for Your Slow Cooker, you'll discover plenty of new ways to make the most of this beloved item.

If you only use your slow cooker a few times a year to make your favorite pot roast, then keep reading. You'll be amazed by all of the unexpected ideas you can carry out to utilize this kitchen tool. You are getting your money's worth when using your slow cooker for tasks beyond traditional recipes. These recipes are also a great way to lock in the fresh flavor of jams, jellies, and more. You just might want to try all of these creative ideas!

Slow Cooker Bread Recipes

How To Make Bread in the Slow Cooker

From speeding up the rising process to making a delicious cornbread, the slow cooker can make any home cook's life a little bit easier. This indispensable kitchen tool can provide a consistent temperature that is also free of drafts, making it the perfect option for use when the bread needs to rise. Using the slow cooker to make dinner rolls will also free up some space in your oven during the holidays. These easy recipes and tips are a great way to use your slow cooker even more frequently!

When using your slow cooker to make bread, remember to line the appliance with parchment paper prior to placing the bread dough inside of it. You don't want the bread to stick to the side of the slow cooker! As cooking times vary for slow cookers, you'll definitely want to keep an eye on your bread throughout the entire process.

Slow Cooker Recipes for Dessert and Candy

Slow Cooker Chocolate Peanut Candy

You've heard of using your slow cooker to make pot roast, chili, and stew. But what about making cakes, candy, and even ice cream in your slow cooker? Whether you want to make a delicious dessert with minimal effort for a lazy weekend at home or need to use your slow cooker for some serious multitasking during the holidays, these recipes will be just what you need at your fingertips! You'll love the ease in which you can whip up a delicious and sweet treat for family and friends.

From a classic cobbler recipe to fudge, cake, and more, you'll discover a wide assortment of recipes for desserts and candy in this section that everyone is sure to love. These slow cooker recipes take beloved recipes and make them even easier to make. Your family and friends are sure to be amazed when they find out how you prepared these delicious dessert and candy recipes!

Jam and Jelly Slow Cooker Recipes

Four Ingredient Strawberry Jam

Whether you're looking for a traditional favorite that everyone is sure to love or just want to try something new, this selection of slow cooker jam and jelly recipes won't disappoint. Many of these recipes use five or fewer ingredients, too, so you can quickly and easily get started on making a batch of the spreads. If this is your first time making jam or jelly, you won't be disappointed when you try these recipes! These recipes are also a great way to preserve the fresh taste and flavor of just-picked jellies and jams.

You'll even discover a few recipes for fruit butter and even curds in this section. Many of these recipes are meant for sharing, too, so consider packaging them in pretty jars to give to family and friends. Who wouldn't want to spread homemade jam or jelly on toast or a tray of just-baked scones?

Slow Cooker Crafts

Here are some great ideas that will revolutionize how you use your slow cooker in the future. It's not just for common recipes any more. You can make candles, soap, and even a lovely holiday potpourri right in your slow cooker, with several additional ideas also available in this section. If you would prefer, you can even dedicate a slow cooker just for use when making crafts. Have fun trying out some new creative projects with your slow cooker! 

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Ok, I have never thought of using my crockpot for anything other than to cook meals. I don't think I would make candles in my crockpot but I am definitely going to try the ice cream recipe. I love ice cream but store bought ice cream does not agree with my stomach so stopped eating it several years ago. With the ice cream recipe and my crockpot, I will be able to have ice cream again. Thanks for the article.


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